Clippers Vs. Rockets 3-30-13 Official Game Thread

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Posted Mar 30 2013 2:35AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are getting their second shot at becoming the first team in franchise history to reach 50 wins.

A meeting with the Houston Rockets could be just what they need.

The Clippers look to set a team record for victories and move closer to their first division title by beating the Rockets for the sixth straight time Saturday night.

Los Angeles (49-24) has already clinched a second straight trip to the playoffs for the first time since 1991-92 and 92-93, and the team should get there with two first-time accomplishments.

The Clippers tied the 1974-75 team record for wins in a season by beating New Orleans 105-91 on Wednesday. They also lead the Pacific Division by eight games over second-place Golden State, which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with nine contests left in the regular season.

Los Angeles shouldn't have any trouble claiming the division crown along with win No. 50, but the team fell short in its first attempt at the record Friday. The Clippers lost 104-102 at San Antonio, as Chris Paul missed a potential game-tying 7-footer as time expired.

"We'll probably see them down the way (in the playoffs)," said forward Blake Griffin, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. "We can learn from this. We'll see what we did well and we'll see what we didn't do well. Hopefully, we'll learn from those mistakes. We'll just try to take that and make it something positive."

There's been plenty of positives against the Rockets (39-33), a possible first-round playoff opponent.

The Clippers have won five straight meetings while averaging 108.0 points and shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. That includes hitting 51.5 percent from long range during two wins in Houston.

They didn't even have Paul in the most recent visit Jan. 15, when he was sidelined by a bruised knee while his teammates made 11 of 19 from 3-point range in a 117-109 win.

Having the star point guard for this visit should help since he's averaged 21.8 points over his last five meetings with the Rockets.

Griffin hasn't been as effective in his four trips to Houston, averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 37.7 percent from the field. However, he had 20 points, 11 boards and four steals in a 106-96 home win Feb. 13.

While the Clippers have clinched a playoff berth, the Rockets are seventh in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games ahead of Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are tied for the eighth and final playoff position.

Houston, though, hasn't helped itself, following Wednesday's 100-91 home loss to Indiana with a 103-92 defeat at Memphis two days later. The team was allowing an average of 88.7 points while winning three in a row prior to that.

"We made more mistakes defensively than we have been doing," coach Kevin McHale said Friday. "Guys were trying to be aggressive on a couple of things, and we got really distorted defensively. We made too many mistakes defensively, especially early."

James Harden, among the league leaders with 26.0 points per game, is looking to bounce back from one of his worst performances of the season. The All-Star guard was held to seven points - his lowest total in over four months - by the Grizzlies, and his ineffectiveness also limited him to 26 minutes.

It may not get better against the Clippers since Harden averages 11.6 points over 12 career meetings, missing the most recent with a sprained right ankle and sore left knee.

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^^Thanks for creating the game thread as always Joe! This is a scary game- if these guys are on, it could get very tough. We have to obviously avoid giving them open 3's and layups.

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We are the underdogs

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Need to salvage this last bit of the trip so at least we lose no ground

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Agree 100%. Rockets are a dangerous team from 3 land. They also have one of the highest scoring averages in the league. Even though we haven't lost to them yet, they are dangerous. Plus it's a b2b on the road, 4th hand in 5 nights.

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Can we please sustain our 3pt D that has been improving a lot since this roaddie started? I mean holding the Spurs to 6 3a is saying a lot.

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True our 3pt defense has gotten better. Key is to at least sustain it but hopefully improve it even more

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How many DeShaq Jordon minutes tonight?

lobcityhawaii
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We need this win badly to get homecourt! After this game, 5 out of last 8 will be at home!

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Clips Twitter: VDN says Chauncey Billups (groin) will play NOT play tonight. Willie Green will start.

lobcityhawaii
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James harden is out with a sickness. We better win!!!

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^ Wow! Good find.

Sorry Mr. MacAdoo, time to break some records... 50 wins, here we come!

lobcityhawaii
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Yes we are lucky harden is out. But at this point I don't care. We got terrible luck against Dallas and the spurs. Justice needs to be served. We need this win badly!

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^ The sooner we're out of Texas, the better. That state has fucked us over this week.

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  1. STOP/PREVENT the 3's

  2. I was going to say stop James Harden from penetrating, but he's not playing so never mind.

  3. No crying!!! Take the refs out of the game, get stops, get a big lead and just win.

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I take it BG's leg is okay then.

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Clippers had to much Tex Mex last night or too many breakfast tacos.......

Coming out kinda flat

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Yep...the only good thing about Texass is Austin. Very Happy

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Blake dribbles too damn much! You aint a guard stop trying to act like one!

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stupid ass plays, VDN is a freaking idiot, Stop having BG pass up shots to run your shitty plays. and keep your bigs in the damn lane.

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tense2 wrote:
cleepers wrote:
^ The sooner we're out of Texas, the better. That state has fucked us over this week.

Yep...the only good thing about Texass is Austin. Very Happy

LOL.......REPPED!

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Blake you lazy son of a bi**h! Seriously.... get physical and wake the fu** up!

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Rockets wanna run......????????

That will play in the Clippers hands.............lets do this

Clippersfan86
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DJ looks very active and good so far. BTW that's bullshit. Lin didn't even have possession after Paul hit it away yet they awarded him the timeout!?

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Nice follow up by DJ. I know BG is feeling awkward with that thing on his leg, but he needs to get is head in the game!

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Rockets.....16 points in the paint (with NO bigs)

Clippers......4

Clippersfan86
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Iso, iso, iso... long 2. WTF man! Run something!

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They need to step up the D

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Lol

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DJ with the hot start............

2 reasons...........he's active and they get him involved in the 1st quarter

it's homecoming for him

According to Vinny's malfuncated rotation system..........He's scheduled to disappear until the 3rd quarter in about 5 minutes

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Freaking DJ doesn't know when to jump for a block, how can the dude totally forget this ****. he used to be a good shot blocker WTF happened what are they teaching the dude. Peeps finger rolling in his mug and he watches

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But why does Vinny always take out people playing well? That's one of the best ways to lose a lead

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WATCH

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DELFINO!!!!!

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God we are fu**ing soft! Seriously Rockets are manhandling us in the post...

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Why does Blake always leak out try and rebound!?!

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JahvonTheClip wrote:
Clipper-Josh wrote:
DJ with the hot start............

2 reasons...........he's active and they get him involved in the 1st quarter

it's homecoming for him

According to Vinny's malfuncated rotation system..........He's scheduled to disappear until the 3rd quarter in about 5 minutes

But why does Vinny always take out people playing well? That's one of the best ways to lose a lead

Thats one of the many mysteries we are all trying to figure out.

Case in point, I'm still wondering why we didn't go to Jamal in the 2nd half as much as we did in the 1st.

Willie Green as well.

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How do they keep getting offensive boards?

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f***** get the rebound FFS

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That's 5 fu**ing putbacks for Houston already! I swear I'd rip this team to shreds if I was the coach.

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Get a board!

Clippersfan86
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A soft, jumpshooting team is making us like like the pu*sies and people wonder why I get so angry at this team. Like seriously...

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Good block by Hollins!

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because our game plan has always been to have our bigs switching out to outside shooters which is insane

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Must be Vinny's fault... everything else is. I guess our players never do anything wrong.

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Hollins has 2 blocks already wow

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Clipper-Josh wrote:
JahvonTheClip wrote:
Clipper-Josh wrote:
DJ with the hot start............

2 reasons...........he's active and they get him involved in the 1st quarter

it's homecoming for him

According to Vinny's malfuncated rotation system..........He's scheduled to disappear until the 3rd quarter in about 5 minutes

But why does Vinny always take out people playing well? That's one of the best ways to lose a lead

Thats one of the many mysteries we are all trying to figure out.

Case in point, I'm still wondering why we didn't go to Jamal in the 2nd half as much as we did in the 1st.

Willie Green as well.

I guess the good thing is it looks like Hollins is now DJ's designated backup instead of going with Odom to replace DJ.

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SIDE NOTE: What the H E L L is Rasoul Butler doing in the D- League ??

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cleepers wrote:
Voyeur wrote:
How do they keep getting offensive boards?

Must be Vinny's fault... everything else is. I guess our players never do anything wrong.

Well, not sure who's fault it is, but we need BG down low grabbing boards, not guarding the perimeter or cherry picking. He's only our leading rebounder.

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@Grillinnap

Hopefully in the 4th quarter too!!

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At least we're drawing fouls. I like that.

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